Salou is one of the top tourist towns in northeastern Spain and part of the Costa Dorada (Costa Daurada in Catalan). This popular town is part of the province of Tarragona in Catalonia which attracts millions of visitors per year.
Salou Resort History & Expansion
There has been a huge tourism drive over the past few years with the aim of establishing Salou as the number one tourist resort in Europe. The popular PortAventura World and Costa Caribe alone attract around 4 million visitors per year but there is plenty more going on away from these theme parks. This area is rich in culture, history and natural beauty, some of which we will be touching on throughout this article.
Top Attractions & Things to do in Salou
Salou would not be one of the top European destinations without some amazing attractions and things to do to keep you busy during your visit.
This town boasts the biggest theme park in Europe, the same company owns the water park which is located just up the road. All around Salou there are beautiful monuments and landmarks such as the Illuminated Fountains and Avenida Jaume I (picture above).
With millions of visitors each year it’s necessary to have plenty of hotels and great resorts, this is something Salou has in abundance. In no particular order, below are some of our favourite things to do and experience when visiting this beautiful area on the Costa Dorada.
PortAventura World & Costa Caribe
With around 4 million visitors each year it’s pretty hard to get away from PortAventura when speaking of the top things to do in Salou. PortAventura is almost it’s own world within a world such is the vastness and seemingly limitless amount of attractions and services on offer.
In fact, PortAventura is 6 separate worlds consisting of Mediterranea, Polynesia, China, Mexico, Sesamo and the Far West. A resort in itself, here you will have the opportunity of staying a one of the many 4 and 5 star hotels as part of your holiday. Each world has it’s own hotels that blend into that particular culture and lifestyle, El Paso for example is a Mexican themed hotel that’s characteristics are designed to match the real El Paso in Mexico.
Here there are also many fine dining restaurants dotted around the resort along with shops, sports facilities and 3 different golf courses. There is far too much going on here to include in this article but we hope to produce a separate article about the theme park and water park rides in the near future. You can check out everything by visiting the website for more details in the meantime.
Illuminated Fountain – Font Lluminosa
The Illuminated Fountain in Salou is probably the top landmark in this town which also attracts plenty of visitors. Opened in 1973, the illuminated fountain is formed of over 100 different jets of water that explode into hundreds of different colour combinations which are synchronized with music also.
During Easter and the summer months, visitors are treated to spectacular water and light shows that will leave you amazed. Such has been the success of the Illuminated fountain, the spectacle has now expanded to include several other ornamental fountains located on Avenida Jaume and close by.
Salou Weather & Climate
The weather in Salou is typically what you may expect for northeastern Spain with warm summers and mild to chilly winters. The temperature during the hotter months of June, July, August and September is around 25 Celsius on average but the Sea temperature will reach 25 Celsius towards the end of summer also. The hottest months are July and August but June and September can also reach much higher temperatures than the average suggests. The colder months are December, January and February when the temperature will drop to 9 Celsius and perhaps colder at the beginning of the year.
The most rainfall tends to arrive in September, October and November but there is a suprising amount of rainfall in May also as the temperatures begin to increase. The Sea temperature during the colder months reaches a chilly 13 Celsius so you will probably not need a bathing suit if visiting during this time.
Salou has 14 km of beautiful sandy beaches and coves along it’s coastal areas, many of these beaches hold Blue Flag Certification. Below are some of our favourite beaches you should check out when visiting.
Llarga beach is one of the longest and busiest beaches in Salou but there is normally plenty of room for everyone. This beach has a length of around 600 metres of golden sand and clear shallow waters ideal for children. Llarga like all beaches in this area is immaculately clean with a friendly beach bar and great atmosphere.
Llevant Beach another top beach beach located in the centre of town and the longest of the beaches in Salou with a length of 1200 metres and an average width of 70 metres. The golden sand here is beautiful and as a result, this beach is always busy. There are excellent facilities which includes showers and toilets and good disabled access. The water here is particularly calm making this beach ideal for people of all ages.
Ponent Beach is slightly shorter than Llevant with a total length of 1100 metres and an average width of 30 metres of fine golden sand. The Miramar promenade runs adjacent to Ponent which is normally a buzz of activity. Ponent, like the other 2 beaches above has excellent facilities and disabled access although it’s not normally as busy and occupied mainly by the locals here.
Top Salou Hotels
Below are a few examples of some of the top hotels in Salou.
H10 Salauris Palace
One of the very best hotels in Salou and indeed Spain, Salauris Palace Hotel boasts 351 elegant rooms and is located only 800 metres from PortAventura. Facilities here include A swimming pool with waterfall, jacuzzi and hydraulic chair lift. The restaurant and bar areas have recently undergone extensive re-developments to rival any competition, their website explains in more detail. Other unique facilities include beauty centres, children’s playground with pool and underground parking.
H10 Vintage Salou
Another magnificent hotel from H10 group comes in the form of the H10 Vintage which has 323 rooms to suit all requirements. H10 Vintage is also a 4 star hotel with some excellent facilities, especially the new bicycle stations. Cycling is extremely popular along this strip of coastline so it’s great to see more facilities like this available. The bar and restaurant areas are also beautiful serving a good range of Spanish and international cuisine. More additional features include beauty rooms, children’s playground and pool and much more.